Last Saturday saw yet another outstanding performance from Loughborough University Swimming at Ponds Forge in Sheffield at the BUCS Short course Swimming Championships. With athletes placing in thirty out of the thirty-six races, eight of which were a first & second finish, the depth of the programme shone through with the swimmers recording three new BUCS records.
With stiff competition from Sterling University and Edinburgh University the Loughborough team knew they would have to perform at their best in order to retain both the Men’s and Women’s Championships this year.
Strong performances from the Women in the 800m freestyle and Ross Hill in the 1500m set the tone for the weekend with some fantastic swims in the distance events on the Friday evening.
No strangers to the pressures of international competition after competing for Great Britain at last summer’s World Championships, Jocelyn Ulyett and Charlotte Atkinson set three BUCS records between them – Jocelyn (100m and 200m Breaststroke) and Charlotte (200m Butterfly). Abbie Wood not wanting to be outdone by the others went on to win a hat trick of events including 800m freestyle, 200m and 400m individual medley.
Other noticeable results from the weekend were victories from Daniel Cross (50m and 100m Backstroke), Emily Crane (50m Butterfly), Beth Aitchison (50m Breaststroke) and Harriet West (100m Butterfly).
Speaking about the great team effort this weekend Coach Ian Hulme said:
“It was the sum of all individual efforts that combined together which made the weekend one of our most successful BUCS Championships to date. We knew that we would be up against it this year because the pedigree of programmes such as Edinburgh and Stirling is so high and they are getting better and better each year. It was imperative that our swimmers raised the bar which they did and went as far as surpassing our expectations. The coaching staff could not be prouder of the way they conducted themselves and delivered the goods when we needed them the most”.
After a thrilling weekend of broken records and personal best’s, Loughborough came away with yet another BUCS short course swimming championship title. The Swimmers will be back in action in February when the BUCS long course swimming championship takes place.
View the full list of results here.